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Plans to preserve Missouri River are in the works

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VERMILLION, S.D. (KTIV) -

Preservation is the focus behind a series of meetings going on along the Missouri River.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service officials met with people in Vermillion, South Dakota.

They're hoping to get input on a conservation project dealing with about a 100 mile stretch of the river from Sioux City north to Fort Randall Dam.

Officials said preservation on that section is key to the river's future.

"They are unique to the lower 800, 900 miles of river. We still see remnants of what was there in the past, the fairly natural meandering river, the sand bars, the back waters, the cottonwoods, some connected flood planes, wetlands in these reaches," Wayne Nelson-Stastny, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said.

The proposed plan requires the purchasing of land and easements along the area. Public input is being taken until September 30.

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